Some Bicycle Films
We Are Traffic (1999 - 50min) Ted White
Director's website: tedwhitegreenlight.com
Documentary about Critical Mass rides, covers philosophy and history of
Critical Mass from its beginnings in 1992 in San Francisco. Very cool
Available on DVD (as of 05/05) together with Return of the Scorcher from:
Return of the Scorcher (1992 - 30min) Ted White
Documentary about bicycle culture and use around the world.
Available on DVD (as of 05/05) together with We Are Traffic from:
Velorution (1996 - 27min) C. Phred Churchill, Bruce Petschek
Subtitled: One City's Solution to the Automobile.
When the USSR collapsed,
Cuba lost 80% of their oil supply. This movie documents how they bought
1.2 million bicycles, switched 5 bus factories to bicycle manufacturing,
educated riders on how to ride, changed the city of Havana to accommodate
bikes, posted bicycle signs, did job swaps to reduce length of commutes
and in the process created more human interaction and community.
DVD-R or VHS available for $30.00 (postpaid) from Seven Generations Video -
phone: (617) 876-9430 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
mail: Seven Generations Video 44B Sacramento St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Pedal (2000 - 56min) Peter Sutherland
Publisher: Powerhouse Books
Excellent documentary about bicycle messengers in NYC. Has finally been
released (May 2006) as a companion to a book of photographs. This is one of
the coolest films I've ever seen - on any subject. Lots of interviews, lots of
footage of riding in the streets, much of that being shot from a skateboard.
DVD includes 17 minutes of extra scenes. Also a trailer and Japanese subtitles.
Music score is by the Bronx Monx.
(IMDB lists date as 2001, copyright date onscreen at end of film is 2000,
DVD disc label says copyright 2006 - this is when it was first released
Bicycle Dreams (2009 - 104min) Stephen Auerbach
Official Site: www.bicycledreamsmovie.com
have not yet seen
Cyclotherapy (2002 - 67min) George Ferguson
Documentary about bike collecting. Have not yet tracked down info on
how to get this.
B.I.K.E. (Be Inclusive, Kill Exclusivity) (2006 - 89min) Jacob Septimus, Anthony Howard
Official Site: www.bike-films.com
Netflix has this.
Caravan/Prague (The Uneasy Road to Change) (2007 - 76min) Zachary Winestine
You Never Ride Alone
The Eddy Merckx Story (1974 - 110min) (Belgium) Joel Santoni
French title: La Course en Tete, Flemish (Belgium) title: Steeds Op Kop.
Classic documentary about the great racer Eddy Merckx.
Can buy from: www.WorldCycling.com
The Greatest Show on Earth
Classic documentary covers the 1974 Giro D'Italia.
Available on same DVD as The Eddy Merckx Story.
Can buy from: www.WorldCycling.com
The Stars and The Watercarriers (1974 - 90min) Jorgen Leth
Documentary covering the 1973 Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) bicycle race.
Follows Ole Ritter throughout. Also includes lots of racing footage featuring
Eddy Merckx, Felice Gimondi, Jose Manuel Fuente, Roger de Vlaemicnk,
Giovanni Battaglin, Gosta Petterson. Danish film.
The Impossible Hour (1974 - 48min) Jorgen Leth
Danish film. A concentrated study of Ole Ritter's attempt to set a new record for the
one-hour race in Mexico City in 1974.
Available on DVD together with Stars and Watercarriers.
A Sunday in Hell (1976 - 110min) Jorgen Leth
Danish film. Covers the 1976 Paris-Roubaix single-day bicycle race.
Red Light Go (2003 - 52min) Manny Kivowitz, Ben Barroud, Toby Barroud
Official Site: www.redlightgo.ws
Documentary about Alleycat racing among bike messengers in NYC.
Critical Mass (2001 - 55min) J.K. Ballantyne
Official Site: www.dontshootthemessengers.com
Documentary about bike messengers in Toronto.
The Need for Speed (2000 - 59min) Katharina Otto
Documentary about bike messengers in NYC.
Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels (2000 - 57min)
PBS - purchase
PBS - outline of program
20 African-American soldiers are sent on a 2,000 mile bicycle ride from
Montana to Missouri in 1897 to test theory that bicycles could replace horses.
Netflix has this.
Pro (2004) Jamie Paolinetti
Official site: www.prothemovie.com
The Hard Road (2003) Jamie Paolinetti
Official site: www.thehardroad.com
Hammer and Cycle (2004 - 27min) James Cocks
Official site: www.bicyclechallenge.org
The Habitat for Humanity Bicycle Challenge documentary.
Paperboys (2001 - 41min) Mike Mills
Looks at a group of bicycle paperboys in Stillwater, Minnesota.
Nasty's World (2002 - 69min) Steve Olpin
Action sports documentary about BMX champion Cory "Nasty" Nastazio.
Hardihood (2001 - 75min) Nicole Hahn
Official Site: www.hardihood.com
Explores the world of women's mountain bike racing.
Along for the Ride (2005)
Official Site: www.alongfortheridemovie.com
Documentary about bike messengers in San Francisco. In production.
Still We Ride (2005 - 37min)
Official Site: www.stillweridethemovie.com
Covers mass arrest in NYC during Republican convention August 27, 2004.
July 25th - The Secret is Out (1998 - 120min)
Documentary covering the "police riot" at July 25, 1997 San Francisco Critical
More info here: www.bclu.org/cm/july25.html
(I ordered this and never received it)
The Bicycle Thief (1948 - 93min) (black and white) Vittoria De Sica
Italian film, starring Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola
Many film buffs consider this one of the greatest films ever made. Some
say the English title is more accurately and appropriately translated as
"The Bicycle Thieves".
Beijing Bicycle (2001 - 113min) Wang Xiaoshuai
Interview with the Director: www.indiewire.com/people/int_Wang_Xiao_020125.html
Article about the director: www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/03/wang.html
Chinese film, starring Lin Cui, Xun Zhou.
Great film! A 17-year-old boy from the country comes to the big city and
gets a job as a bicycle messenger. His bike is soon stolen. He finds it but
the story is just beginning. Gets into some issues of class warfare and urban
life. Could be seen as a variation of The Bicycle Thief. Lots of bicycles
(its China!) and even a bicycle chase scene. I highly recommend this one.
The Cyclist (1987 - 75min) Moshen Makhmalbaf
Iranian film. have not yet seen
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985 - 92min) Tim Burton
Starring Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman). Burton's first film. Very fun.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003 - 81min) Sylvain Chomet
Official site: www.bellevillerendezvous.com
Animated French film. Unique and very special.
2 Seconds (1998 - 100min) (French) Manon Briand
Starring Charlotte Laurier, Dino Tavarone.
A female mountain bike racer becomes a bicycle messenger.
Breaking Away (1979 - 100min) Peter Yates
Starring Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid.
Won Academy Award in 1979 for Best Screenplay.
American Flyers (1985 - 113min) John Badham
Starring Kevin Costner.
Messenger (1986 - 80min) Norman Loftis
Starring Richard Barboza, Carolyn Kinnebrew, Scott Ferguson.
A modern remake of The Bicycle Thief, set in New York City.
Out of print, hard to find, not released on DVD, Amazon has used VHS.
(Note - Xenon Entertainment Group version (1995) is duplicated in EP mode).
Rad (1986 - 91min) Hal Needham
Starring Lori Loughlin, Bart Connor
Lots of BMX action. As of 2005, has not yet made it to DVD.
BMX Bandits (1984 - 88min) (Australian) Brian Tenchard-Smith
Starring David Arque, John Ley, Nicole Kidman (14 years old).
Another BMX movie. As of 2005, has not made it to DVD.
Quicksilver (1986 - 105min) Thomas Michael Donnelly
Starring Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz.
Bacon goes from being a stockbroker to a bicycle messenger.
Does not seem to be a highly regarded film.
Nebraska Supersonic (1999 - 75min) Jeremy Lerman
Official site: www.nebraskasupersonic.com
Cyclo (1995 - 123min) (Vietnamese) Anh Hung Tran
Starring Le Van Loc, Tony Leung, Tran Nu Yen-Khe.
Well I'm listing ths one since I'm trying to be pretty thorough here, but this
is definitely not one for everyone. Starts off with the familiar Bicycle
Thief riff - young man needs bicycle (bicycle taxi in this case) for survival,
bike is stolen by bad guys. That takes place in the first twenty minutes and
that's it for the bike, except that there are many street scenes throughout,
with lots of bicycles, tricycles, biketaxis and motorbikes. This is a
well-made and interesting film, but there is lots of violence and it can be
hard to follow. It is a dark and depressing film start to finish, set
entirely in the criminal underground of Saigon. I would recommend reading
some of the reviews at Amazon.
Bike Film Links
Cycling Films Big List - Seamus D. King LOTS of bicycle films!
List of Bicycle Films - Bicycle Universe
List of Bicycle Films - Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition
The Bicycle Film Festival - www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
Check out the archives section to see what they've shown in the past. Details on
lots of short films.
Tons of mountain bike videos. Also extensive links page has section of
links to other sites with bike videos.
This cycling supply company carries some racing videos.
Lots of BMX, motocross, mountain bike videos.
Lots of racing videos.
Tons of cycling videos can be found on eBay.
Go to BUY, select Sporting Goods, then Cycling, then DVDs and Videos.
Amazon links provided for reference/convenience. I earn no commisssion.
This page revised 11/09/11. First Posted 01/18/05
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